Tina Tolbert, diagnosed at 45

I am sharing my story because I want to say to other ladies, please, no matter your situation in life, you are precious. Your life is precious. If you notice even the smallest changes in your body, pay attention! Go see a doctor.

I want to share my story if it can help even one person. I want people to learn from me. My prognosis is not good. I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at age 45. I am now 46 and in my last months of life.

Less than a year ago, I felt a little BB-sized bump in my left breast. I was homeless and couldn’t go see a doctor. Three months after I first noticed the bump, it had grown. A really nice surgeon stepped in and did a biopsy. The surgical area wouldn’t heal. The same surgeon then did an emergency mastectomy and told me that I have metastatic breast cancer.

I can’t do the things I used to do. While I used to be able to walk for hours, I can no longer walk up the driveway. I spend most of my time in bed. I know God has my hand and is guiding me.

By sharing my story I hope others will learn from me.


  • BB-sized lump on breast